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Wood and Moroccan

The Moroccan craft is the art of sophistication and shows the artistic sense among the Moroccan people, which experienced a wide diversity in their manu factured products and their materials. The art of wood in Morocco has occupied since very ancient period, a very important place in the architecture and in furniture.

Wood - Handicrafts - From Morocco with LoveAnd as the story told, wood is a noble material began to be exploited in Fez in the thirteenth century, for the manufacture of sumptuous materials such as chairs, tables, boxes, … portieres.

WMoroccan Handicrafts - Wood - From Morocco with Loveoodworking crafts remained a national specialty recognized by Morocco’s craftsmen using different types of wood from different regions with skill and precision to shape decorative a beautiful objects.

El Essaouira is the coastal city of Morocco, is well known for its handmade inlaid cedar wood, its fragrant smell the atmosphere and its rarity makes it a wood increasingly popular, and often worked with lemon’s trees. For the approach must be a craftsman. Available in bulk, there is some time in Essaouira, this wood is in these days increasingly rare and thus highly coveted. More commonly called in Arabic “Ã,râr” this type of wood perfectly suits the artisanal technique. It is therefore mainly used in decorative objects rather than utilitarian.

Cabinetmakers of this city carve the wood of cedar to make Moroccan furniture, small wooden games, office accessories (jewelry box, ashtray, desk set, set ….). The root and trunk are worked and pieces of lemon and ebony are embedded.

Wood lemon is mainly worked in Marrakech, many articles in lemon tree wood are manufactured in a multitude of small workshops. Almost always used for kitchen utensils, spoon, ladle, drumstick, satinwood have the distinction of having no smell: it does not anoint the food! Polished labor which gives it an extreme douceur- its yellow color darkens with age, no polish these items are organic, environmentally friendly products while traditional handicrafts.

The craftsmen who practice this art are boisseliers (woodmen in French).

Plastic or metal can never replace a good wooden spoon that does not oxidize. Wooden spoons lemon of Morocco are used for honey, propolis, clay …

Cedar wood is the most used wood and most popular among Moroccan artisans. Cedar has long imposed in the interiors of palaces and old schools before entering the open spaces and interiors of hotels. From the family of conifers, this tree is a genus native to the Middle Atlas and Himalayan region. It includes species of majestic trees with fragrant wood, conical or spreading crown. In addition, there are four species of cedar: Lebanon, Cyprus, the Himalayas and Atlas.

This wood is very fragrant and mostly used for the decoration, Moroccan furnishings (living room, buffet, table, chest, chair). The wood mashrabiya, and the most beautiful ceilings Moroccan palace are carved cedar.

The artisans use walking tours to make the round parts, it is very impressive to see the carving with a blade stuck between their toes.

Another advantage that this cedar It allows thanks to its smell to fight against moths. Items maded with this wood can be considered organic products and environmentally friendly products.

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Fatima Zahra Laaribi is born and raised in Marrakech. She graduated from Cadi Ayyad University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Studies and a diploma in business management. In 2016 She was graduated as an Empowerment Facilitator from Empowerment institute, New York, USA. Fatima Zahra working as an office Manager at High Atlas Foundation, nonProfit organization for human development.